Horror

[6.5] Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) headlines this matinee adventure flick about a group of British archaeologists who fight to keep the recently discovered sword and mask of Genghis Khan out of the hands of the evil Fu Manchu, who would harness the items into deadly weapons against humanity. Karloff plays the evil Fu Manchu with indelible glee, supported by an equally creepy performance by Myrna Loy …

[8.0] George C. Scott stars in this creepy ghost story about a grieving widower who moves into a historic mansion where a young child was murdered over seventy years ago. As the child’s spirit communicates with Scott’s character, he’s able to begin an investigation into who the child was and why they were killed. Only then will the haunting cease! The Changeling is one of …

[7.5] After taking an interesting turn for the worse with their first sequel, New Line Cinema corrects course with a third Freddy movie that’s just as good as the original film. Original star Heather Langenkamp returns as a psychologist that specializes in dreams, hired on at a hospital where suicidal teens are being terrorized by Freddy. When the kids begin dying, Langenkamp helps a new …

[7.5] Teenagers are hunted in their dreams by a murderous burn victim. But unlike normal nightmares, if the kids die in their dreams, they also die in real life. Writer/director Wes Craven (Scream, The Hills Have Eyes) works from a marvelous concept and introduces the world to one of the horror genre’s most indelible villains — Freddy Krueger, played with monstrous glee by Robert Englund, …

[7.5] Corey Haim (The Lost Boys) and Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables) star as young siblings in a small town where a series of grisly murders takes place. Follows’ character is jealous of all the latitude her wheelchair-bound brother gets, but the two begin to bond when they discover the identity of the killer — and that he’s no ordinary human, but a werewolf. …

[8.5] When New York City becomes increasingly afflicted with ghost-sightings and demonic possessions, it’s up to a rag-tag team of self-proclaimed ‘Ghostbusters’ to save the world from the imminent arrival of a destructive, ancient god. Ghostbusters succeeds as both a comedy and a horror fantasy, thanks largely to Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ jaunty writing and Ivan Reitman’s sure-handed direction. Bill Murray steals the show …

[8.0] In a traveling circus sideshow, a scheming trapeze artist named Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) marries a gullible, love-struck little person named Hans (Harry Earles) with plans of poisoning him and inheriting his fortunes. But there’s a code among sideshow freaks, and when Cleopatra’s dishonesty is discovered, the freaks set out to make her… ‘one of us’. Tod Browning’s (Dracula) Freaks was originally intended to horrify …

[6.5] Producer/director Roger Corman completes his series of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe with The Tomb of Ligeia, the story of a man mysteriously obsessed with his late wife, Ligeia. When he remarries, he and his new wife find themselves terrorized by supernatural forces, begging the question — is Ligeia really dead? Vincent Price carries the film as nicely as you …

[5.5] Lauren Tewes (The Love Boat) stars as a TV journalist who takes it upon herself to investigate a series of rapes and murders when she suspects the culprit may live in her vicinity. Eyes of a Stranger is a fairly run-of-the-mill thriller/horror movie, but it’s competently executed by director Ken Widerhorn, whose Shock Waves is a drive-in horror flick for which I have a …

[8.5] Jacob’s Ladder is a terrific example of what can happen when an inspired screenplay gets into the hands of a great director and a capable leading actor. I’m talking about Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction), and Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption), respectively. Rubin’s script is a fever dream of a tale, following a New York Vietnam vet who’s losing his grip on …

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